Game one was against the Stratford Aces. Sarnia would fall behind 1-0 in the first period, although they had the better scoring opportunities. The sting would tie the game in the second period on a rebound goal by Vanessa Wardell after Suzanne Lockhart took the initial shot from the slot area. The Sting had several breakaway chances to open up a lead, but couldn’t find the back of the net and the game would remain a 1 – 1 tie. Darian Nahdee was voted the game MVP for the Sting.
Game two was versus the Burlington Barracudas. The Sting would open the scoring in the first period on a goal by Suzanne Lockhart assisted by Darian Nahdee. In the second period the Sting would open up a three goal lead before the Barracudas would answer with a goal of their own. Scoring for the Sting was Darian Nahdee, assisted by Avery Deveraux, and Vanessa Wardell assisted by Avery Deveraux and Samantha Villanueva. The Barracudas would get an early goal in the third period to make it a 3 – 2. Lauren Wilson would put the game away for the Sting with a late goal assisted by Darian Nahdee for the 4 – 2 win. The game MVP for the Sting was Samantha Villanueva. The win was a costly one for the Sting, as they lost a valuable player in Cami Sinclair for the remainder of the season to injury.
Game three would see the Sting play the Hamburg Hawks from the State of New York. The Sting would once again open the scoring on a goal by Darian Nahdee in the first period, assisted by Miriam Ferguson and Addison Smith. Both teams had chances to score during the final two periods, but were denied by the goalies. Strong defensive play and outstanding goaltending by Whitney Simpson secured the 1 – 0 win for the Sting advancing them to the finals. Whitney Simpson was the game MVP for the Sting.
The Championship game would be a rematch of game one versus the Stratford Aces. The Sting opened the scoring in the first period on a hard shot from just inside the blueline by Lauren Wilson which found its way to the back of the net. Stratford would reply back a short time later, to make the game a 1 -1 tie at the end of the first period. In the second period Ashley Williams would pick the top corner of the Stratford net to give the Sting a 2 -1 lead, which turned out to be the game winner. The Williams goal was assisted by Lauren Wilson who was also the game MVP.
The Sting’s next action is Thursday night in Windsor, as the team continues to fight for a spot in the OWHA Provincial Tournament in April.